NEAR PROVIDENCE 11/21/20

Just another day

in the pandemic. We have

lost count of the dead.

We bring the children

to watch the swans in the cove.

So big and so white.

The children laugh to

see them stick their long necks in-

to the dark water.

We’re forbidden to

say goodbye to the dying

or to see them go.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at tom.develyn@comcast.net. D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

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